Monthly Archives: October 2010

Enough with the Stuff! My First Foray into Minimalism

Happy Halloween! And Happy Birthday (Photo by Bill Tatham) Sometimes I feel a bit like this pumpkin — squeezed full of food, overburdened with stuff, maxed out with things to do.  (Maybe I’ve had a bit too much Halloween candy, too!). It’s been quite a busy fall – and this week is no exception.  I’mRead the article

Book Notes (Double Feature!): The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath, by Robert Samuelson

What the heck is inflation? And why is it important? Does it matter for my daily life – getting a job, finding good schools, or figuring out what roads to fix? In the second part of this two-part review, I look at two books that detail the historical development of money and federal policy andRead the article

Book Notes (Double Feature!): The Ascent of Money, by Niall Ferguson

Two recent books take a look at the historical development of money and federal policy in the United States. “The Ascent of Money” (by Niall Ferguson) traces the history of currency as it relates to the history of civilization, while “The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath” (by Robert Samuelson) looks at federal policies in relationRead the article

If, by Rudyard Kipling

“If,” by Rudyard Kipling, is a poem that speaks to keeping your head during the difficult times, in staying true to your work efforts when sh*t hits the fan, and about maintaining integrity even when the world starts getting dicey. It’s about persevering through the tough times.  For some reason, it really hit home this month.Read the article

You are / whatever you say / you are.

How long does it take to discover who you really are? And are you waiting for permission to tell your story, or do you have the guts to shift your narrative alongside your shifting dreams? Why it takes so long for us to admit who we really are.Read the article

A (San Francisco) Bay Swim

The other week, while walking the hills of Sausalito with my Aunt and Uncle, I asked my Uncle what he would say to his twenty-five year-old self if he could go back and give himself any piece of advice. Without skipping a beat, he said: Do it while you can. Don’t wait for the funRead the article

Eat Salad for Breakfast

Fresh Vegetables! A friend of mine recently told me she eats salad for breakfast. I was puzzled – eating cereal, oatmeal, or eggs for breakfast is pretty ingrained in my being. Then I thought it over and tried it. Turns out, I love this. Sometimes I get to the end of the day and I debateRead the article

There’s more to life than this: Chris Guillebeau’s ‘The Art of Non-Conformity’

The Art of NonConformity: By Chris Guillebeau Just got my copy of The Art of NonConformity in the mail and I must confess, I spent an entire lunchbreak (and early afternoon) out in the park, skipping work, to read Chris Guillebeau’s fantastic book and life manifesto. Absolutely, stunningly inspiring. Anything I write here is justRead the article